Meet Jessica Gonzalez from El Paso, Texas. Jessica is 28 years old and was born with Microtia and Atresia of her right ear. Jessica never asked why she couldn’t hear from her right ear while she was growing up or why she was born this way until recently when a couple of her college professors encouraged her to do some research on Microtia and Atresia. This is when Jessica found the Ear Community Organization and quickly discovered more about her Microtia and Atresia.
Jessica recently became a mother for the first time, giving birth to a healthy baby girl. As a single mother, Jessica says that graduating with her Bachelors Degree and pursuing a career in teaching is no longer just a goal for herself, but also for her daughter so she can no longer have to worry about financial struggles.
For the fall semester of 2016, Jessica will be awarded a $750 college scholarship from the Ear Community Organization to help her pursue her dream as a teacher. Jessica transferred from El Paso Community College to the University of Texas at El Paso this past Spring. She has been there for two semesters (Spring and Summer.) She is proud to have made the Dean’s List for Spring 2016. She recently found out that due to her 4.0 for Summer 2016 with four classes, she will be on the Dean’s List again. Jessica hopes to earn her Bachelors Degree in teaching from the University of Texas El Paso and she hopes to graduate in 2018 as she has already completed some of her undergraduate work.
A very special thank you to the Mariner Foundation and the National Christian Foundation for contributing toward Jessica’s scholarship and for helping be a part of Jessica’s dream in making it a reality.
Congratulations Jessica! We are so proud of you and we are so happy that you found the Ear Community Organization! Good luck to you in becoming a teacher….we know you will make an amazing teacher someday!
Founder and Executive Director
the Ear Community Organization